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Let Your Flowers Grow
October 21 through November 25, 2017
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|ANTHONY SONNENBERG Let Your Flowers Grow
I overlooked an orchid (while searching for a rose.)
Carl Smith, 1976
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Anthony Sonnenberg: Let Your Flowers
Grow. Rooted in a candid personal narrative, the Houston based artist’s second solo exhibition at Conduit
Gallery will include sculpture, drawing, installation and video.
Anthony Sonnenberg inflects his sculptures in ceramic and brass, his photographs, videos, and drawings
with Baroque, Greek mythological, and contemporary concerns. His investigations of portraiture rely on
time-intensive construction methods to create totems and environments that reference the cyclical
nature of growth and decay, and suggest layers of time that move beyond the art historical and into
the geological and emotional. For Sonnenberg, the reverence that drove the creation of sculptures
as reliquaries for personal doubts and fears around impermanence and decay has wittingly shifted;
his newest works are imbued with a sense of confidence and becoming, growth and aging. In one
new series of portraits, nude figures of family, friends, and mentors float atop exquisitely rendered
beds of orchids that cushion and frame these vulnerable bodies.
Sonnenberg has also created two densely beaded pillow portraits depicting his parents. Constructed
from a vintage quilt and ringed with ruffles, the two figures lean against one another and prop each
other up, communicating a sense of soft comfort. The personal and universal come together in Sonnenberg’
s porcelain works. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a large ceramic clock. Lacking a face and half-
collapsed under the weight of its making, this timepiece sits on a rusted metal shelf atop a pile of
fossilized seashells. In another area of the gallery candelabras and flower vases climb up a reclaimed
wooden staircase. Made from silk flowers, doilies, ceramic figurines and notions that are soaked in
porcelain slip and re-fired, these solid and functional sculptures appear simultaneously delicate
and riotous, caught between accumulation and falling apart.
In a new move for Sonnenberg, this exhibition includes a video portrait created during the artist’s recent
residency at Ox-Bow School of Art. Using methods similar to those he uses to create his porcelain sculptures,
Sonnenberg soaked knitted and crocheted textiles in clay slip and arranged them in an arch between
two trees. Covering his naked body in the same liquid clay, the artist appears in front of this woodland
architectural folly, striking a series of neo-classical poses that progress from framing him to offering a
mannered view of the forest beyond.
Together this constellation of artworks is an analogue for the wear that comes with age, the transience
of time, and how we come to understand our present moment through histories that are both epic and
intimate. Dean Daderko, Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Born in 1986 in Graham, TX,
Anthony Sonnenberg earned a BA from the University of Texas in Austin with an emphasis in Italian and
Art History in 2009 and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2012. Residencies
include: Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2017); the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
(2016); theLawndale Artists Studio Program, Houston, TX (2015-16); Sculpture Space, Utica NY (2014); the
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena MT (2014); Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA
(2012); and the Ox-Bow School, Saugatuck MI (2017/2008). Recent exhibitions include; Asya Geisberg
Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Art Palace Gallery (2016); Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX (2015); Natural
Beauties: Jewelry from Art Nouveau to Now, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT (2014); The Old Jail Art
Center, Albany TX (2013); the Texas Biennial (2011 & 2013); Old Post Office Museum and Art Center,
Graham TX (2012); Co-lab Projects, Austin, TX (2012) and the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA (2011).
CATHERINE HOWE Luminous Opera
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce Catherine Howe’s solo exhibition of work: Luminous Opera. The
exhibition is a collection of vividly conjured scenarios where emergent images ebb and flow; and will
consist of works on mylar and canvas.
In her second exhibition at Conduit Gallery, Catherine Howe will present reverse-paintings on mylar and
acrylic, and gilded paintings on canvas. The works feature a bold use of materials wedded to her
calligraphic hand. They stage an action-painted nature morte with an animated cast of flora and fauna.
Drawing from nature and its art histories, Howe’s ecstatic engagement with her materials is the impetus
behind what is ultimately, and emphatically, direct painting. The familiar is thus transformed.
In a catalogue essay from a 2015 exhibition at VonLintel Gallery, AIA contributing editor, David Ebony
remarked “Catherine Howe’s recent paintings provoke engaging dichotomies. At once anarchic and
elegant, meditative and frenzied, they are, above all, exuberantly alive…The images seem to be
imploding or exploding, in a constant state of flux. The subject matter, moreover, serves as a mere pretext
for Howe’s exploration of a fictive space of her own invention. She aims toward what critic Michael Fried
has referred to the “supreme fiction” or “ontological illusion,” suggesting that such images could come into
being of their own accord, irrespective of expectations of viewers or even the demands of the artist herself.”
Born in western New York in 1959, Howe earned an MFA from SUNY Buffalo in 1983. The many publications
that have reviewed her work include: Art in America, Artforum, Art Critical, The New York Times, The New
Yorker, and the Los Angeles Times. Howe has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe for over
twenty years, including shows at: David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2016) Von Lintel Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA (2015), Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015), Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT (2014),
New York Academy of Art, Allegra LaViola, and Sloan Fine Art in New York, NY (2013). Von Lintel Gallery, New
York, NY (2012), Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barths (2011), Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY (2010), District
& Co., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2009), Danese, New York, NY (2007) and Elizabeth
Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (2007). Howe lives and works in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
CHRISTOPHER GEE Elsewhere
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce the first US exhibition of work by London based artist Christopher
Gee, Elsewhere. Elsewhere, in the quiet provinces the artist can easily find himself surrounded by
melancholias. Lost in thought he sits at the secluded windows of his medieval digs, a strange twilight
flowing all about him, and without so much as stirring he sends his daydreams out onto the sweeping
landscape. No one comes. Nothing disturbs his reverie.
An inexpressible silence rules the surrounds.
Robert Walser, Berlin Stories
Working with a muted palette, Christopher Gee creates small scale paintings that interrupt one’s sense
of time and place. Gee’s subjects, animal and pallid human alike, are refined in their unwavering gaze.
Darkly stylized renderings of British and Northern European landscapes display a reverence for the
interaction between architectural structures and the environments they inhabit. These portraits and
landscapes are linked together under celestial bodies in constant eclipse. The consistent depiction of
the sun as a sliver of itself lends yet another layer of mysticism to Gee’s oeuvre, which resides firmly in
Christopher Gee, born 1987 in Portsmouth, England earned a BA in Drawing from Camberwell College
of Art in 2010, and an MA in Drawing from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012. The artist currently resides
in London, where he has lived and worked for thirteen years.